Saturday, July 23, 2011



It's not that Horrible Bosses isn't worth the R rated hype it's been getting the past few weeks, it's more the fact that it's a skecthed out R rated comedy that features hit and miss jokes. The plot, involving three guy that each plot to kill their own dead beat bosses, is so over the top that at some point during the movie I was telling myself "Is this actually happening?" - not a bad thing to say in a summer movie season filled with dread. However, incoherence is at work here. What saves Horribles Bosses is its performances. They are enjoyable because they feel so natural in an unnatural setting. Jamie Foxx is a highlight as Motherfucker Jones -that's right Motherfucker Jones- a hired assassin that helps our boys get through their tough ordeal. Props must also be given to Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as our beloved, main dim wits. Sudeikis' over the top, stretchingly funny performance doesn't feel as inspired as Zach Galafanakis' turns in the Hangover movies but does bring some much needed looniness. Watch out for the scene in which he accidentally sniffs cocaine. How about our main villains? The bosses. They also keep the movie alive, even when it falters flat. Kevin Spacey is at his snarky best, Colin Farrell -check out that hilarious combover- hits a comedic peak and Jennifer Aniston gives one her sexier, better performances. Well then, after all this positiveness why do I not recommend Horrible Bosses? Its script -by Jonathan Goldstein- is a lost case, a story that doesn't know where to go and ends up going nowhere ditto the bland filmmaking from director Seth Gordon. It's a film that could have worked but instead does the job in a half assed kind of way.

★★½

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